Meeting in Geneva focuses on reconnecting 30,000 Sahrawis

Enabling 30,000 Sahrawis in Western Sahara and other countries to reconnect with their families has been a subject of a meeting in Geneva.

Sahrawis

Sahrawis

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, and the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, Christopher Ross, met with Morocco and the Polisario Front, as well as neighbouring countries Algeria and Mauritania.

Martin Nesirky, the spokesman for the United Nations Secretary-General, has more:

“During the two day meeting, the parties agreed to follow up on the 2004 Plan of Action and focus on the humanitarian response of the confidence building measures programme. That programme aims to enable over 30,000 Sahrawis on both sides of the divide to reconnect. Six proposals were agreed upon and they aim to expand the number of people who are able to visit each other and to increase the possibilities for communication.”

Western Sahara has been a subject of dispute between Morocco and the Polisario Front since the end of Spain’s colonial rule in 1976.

Morocco has presented a plan for autonomy for the territory while the Polisario Front’s position is that its final status should be decided in a referendum on self-determination that includes independence as an option.

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